One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
A flat, oblong container, typically made of rubber, that is filled with hot water and used for warmth.
- ‘From time to time, someone would bring me a hot-water bottle.’
- ‘Use a hot-water bottle, or warm a sock filled with grain or flaxseed heated to a comfortably warm temperature in the microwave or oven.’
- ‘Early in 1929, Dorothy accidentally burned Jane with a hot-water bottle.’
- ‘We're warm now, and hot-water bottles are no more.’
- ‘Exhausted by my travels, and comforted by a hot-water bottle found unexpectedly in my bed, I have overslept.’
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